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Giveaway: Win The Nevis Leather Camera Bag by ONA – $329 value!

Two words come to mind when you see one of ONA’s Nevis camera bags: True. Beauty. And one lucky winner will start the New Year with one of these fabulous bags! Handcrafted with sumptuous full-grain pebbled leather, brass hardware, and top quality zippers, the Nevis bags are really gorgeous—you definitely wouldn’t know without looking inside…

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How to Use Panning to Make Your Photography Come Alive

How to Use Panning to Make Your Photography Come Alive As photographers, we are always looks for new techniques to improve our work and make our images stand out.  As I was starting out in photography this often lead me to additional purchases of lenses, software and accessories. But there is something you can do…

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Merry Christmas in a FUNKY Bokeh Photographer Way

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate.  I wish you a wonderful day, spent with family, good food, warm thoughts, health and love. As a photographer, I hope you are able to capture memories with your snapshots and images.  If you are in the mood to try something fun and different, check out the…

Winner of the Adorama Camera $500 Gift Certificate

Winner of the Adorama Camera $500 Gift Certificate

Thank you to all who participated in the Adorama Camera $500 Gift Certificate Contest. I hope that all of you get what you are wishing for this holiday season. My husband picked the LUCKY winning number for the $500 Gift Certificate.  Matt’s birthday is Christmas Eve and with that and some holiday spirit, he choice…

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My 15 Second Photoshop Edit * For White Studio Backdrop Look

How to achieve a 15 Second Photoshop Actions Edit * For White Studio Backdrop Look One of my customers, Isabel San Jose, emailed me with her dilemma. She lives in Manila, Philippines and did a commercial product shoot for a clothing company. She has 100+ photos to edit from their upcoming line and her customers…

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How to Photograph Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse

Tonight will be the final lunar eclipse of the year.    This will be the second lunar eclipse of 2010 but the only total lunar eclipse.    During a total lunar eclipse the moon change change color from very dark gray, to bright orange to blood orange.   A lunar eclipse is completely safe to watch…

How to Price Your Photography – Q&A with Alicia Caine {Easy as Pie}

How to Price Your Photography – Q&A with Alicia Caine {Easy as Pie}

Here is a transcript from the 1 hour Live Text Chat on the MCP Actions Facebook Page with Alicia Caine from Served Up Fresh {Easy as Pie} – pricing for photographers You will see the question a participant asked, and then the answer from Alicia (AC). We hope to do another LIVE chat with her…

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5 Ways to Successfully Cope with Holiday Portrait Sessions

5 Ways to Successfully Cope with Holiday Portrait Sessions The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but I had no idea how busy my third holiday season as a photographer would be. If you do not prepare and think ahead, you may get worn down. So as I wrap up this final month of…

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9 Years Old * Happy Birthday to Ellie and Jenna

9 years ago today, I drove myself to the hospital, as I assumed I would be getting routine tests.  I was feeling very large, uncomfortable, and unsure what was next. Hours later, I was handed the most amazing 2 miniature people in the whole world, Ellie and Jenna. At approximately 5 pounds each, they were…

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Color Pop Photoshop Actions: Blueprint by Crave Photography

Check out this amazing before and after Blueprint by Andee Tate of Crave Photography. Her work is just beautiful and inspiring! She edited this photo using the following mix of Photoshop actions: All in the Details – Details {Extreme Color} – color brushed on at 70% opacity Magic Skin: Used the Powder Your Nose action…

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Taking Great Children’s Portraits: Bring on the Fun

Taking Great Children’s Portraits: Bring on the Fun Photographic trends vary widely from photo journalistic to highly stylized to formal. I am by nature an observer and therefore tend to embrace the photo journalistic style of children’s portraits.  That being said, I am also in business and very few clients are willing to pay me…

End of the Year Tax Preparation for Photographers

End of the Year Tax Preparation for Photographers

End of the Year Tax Preparation for Photographers It’s that time of year again…and no, I’m not referring to all that Christmas shopping you need to get done.  It’s the time of year to make sure you get all your business records in order so tax-time isn’t as stressful as it has been in the…

Pricing Help + Winners of the Easy as Pie Pricing Guide for Photographers

Pricing Help + Winners of the Easy as Pie Pricing Guide for Photographers

Pricing photography? Last week was Pricing Week here at MCP Actions Blog. Thank you to all who attended the live chat with Alicia Caine from Easy as Pie and Served Up Fresh.  I hope you learned a lot about pricing.  I plan to have the main questions and answers from that session up in about…

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Giveaway: Win a $500 Gift Card to Adorama Camera

Can you even imagine winning a $500 Gift Card to a Camera Store? What would you buy? Now’s your chance to win $500 toward your purchase at Adorama Camera, an amazing online and storefront photography equipment company. I am a HUGE fan of their products and service, for both new and used gear. They have…

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Vintage Photoshop Actions with a Twist of Contrast & Color Pop

This Photoshop actions Blueprint Fan Share was submitted by Amber Snead, who wanted a higher contrast vintage look. The step-by-step Blueprint: This photo was underexposed and lacked contrast.  I started by using the Quickie Collection to address these issues: Ran Extreme Fill Flash action to brighten the entire photo Used Color Flair – this action…

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Play the MCP Name Your Price Game for Photographers

Play the MCP “NAME YOUR PRICE GAME” for Photographers If you are a professional photographer, please enjoy playing this game.  If you are looking at your prices and wonder if they are on the high end or low end, you will want to check out the game.  And if you are just starting your business,…

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Giveaway ~ Easy As Pie Guide: How to Price Your Photography

WIN one of two copies of the NEW Easy-as-Pie Pricing Guide for Photographers from Served Up Fresh If you never really know how to price your photography, then you will want to enter this contest! First, there was Easy as Pie. Then, there was Pastry School. Served Up Fresh has combined ’em into a single,…

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The Holiday Disaster – Award Winning Story by Ellie Friedman, Age 8

One of the proudest moments a mom can have is when she watches her daughter reach for her dreams – and she accomplishes them!  One of my twin girls, Ellie, dreams of being an author when she grows up.  She envisions writing and illustrating children’s books, non-fiction stories, and even realistic fiction.  If she is…

Winners of the Canon and Nikon Lens Mugs

Winners of the Canon and Nikon Lens Mugs

The winners of the Canon Lens Mug or Nikon Lens Mugs are listed below. Make sure to check them out.  Also, if you thought these were cool, check out the top 20 hottest gifts for photographers under $50. The winners are: 110 – Judy Goldthorp – Canon 166 – Shawna Campbell – Canon 301 –…

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Photographing Abstract Macro Ice Images and Creating Works of Art

Photographing Abstract Macro Photography Ice Images and Creating Works of Art As we enter into the first phase of winter here in the northern regions of the US, we find less and less to shoot outdoors.  The colors have all disappeared and the plant life has wilted and faded away until next spring.  Once the…

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Getting Vivid Color Pop & Contrast With Photoshop Actions

This Photoshop actions Blueprint Fan Share was submitted by Kattrina Holt of Sassafrass Photography, who loves vibrant color pop and contrast in her images. Her step-by-step Blueprint: I opened the image in Lightroom 2 and warmed it up Then I opened it in Photoshop CS5 and used the MCP action set Bag of Tricks. I…

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